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Capital Crime Festival is a new crime and thriller festival with a difference. Featuring panels and events that are perfect for any crime and thriller fans to get involved with. So, to tell you a little bit more, here are 10 things you need to know about this year's inaugural festival!
1. Capital Crime Fest is the first international crime and thriller festival in London. The inaugural festival will be taking place from the 26th - 28th September in Connaught Rooms in London.
2. Capital Crime is a celebration of books, films and TV and the festival line-up is an unrivalled mix of world-class talent, rising stars and newcomers. Capital Crime is a must for fans of all things crime and thriller - no matter the format.
3. Capital Crime Festival is the brainchild of the British Screenwriter Adam Hamdy and the Managing Director of Goldsboro Books, David Headley. The aim of the festival is to create a diverse, inclusive and socially responsible event that runs initiatives such as social outreach in order to help support student looking to make a career as well as being an innovative digital festival (find out more at No. 9). There is also the new Voices Award (find out more at No. 4)
4. The New Voices Award has also been launched as part of the Capital Crime Festival. An opportunity to help undiscovered crime and thriller authors further their writing careers. Writers wanting to enter the competition upload the first three chapters of a novel to Capital Crime and the festival attendees will be able to vote for their favourite. The ten entrants with the most votes will then be invited to an Opening Night Cocktail Party, with the winner of the New Voices Award selected from that shortlist and announced on the night.
5. The festival invites the best Crime and Thriller creatives that any fan of the genre will want to meet. This year, Martina Cole, Ian Rankin, Ann Cleeves, Don Winslow, Robert Glenister, Antonia Hodgson, Leye Adenle, Denise Mina, Catherine Steadman and Abir Mukherjee and just some of the amazing people who will be guests. Find out more about this year's guests here.
6. As well as notable crime and thriller guests, there's an amazing list of 100 speakers for the inaugural festival. Names include Kate Atkinson, David Baldacci, Ann Cleeves, Robert Harris, Peter James, Lynda La Plante, Simon Mayo, and Kate Mosse. For the full schedule, please click here.
7. As well as speakers, the event will also host a number of panels including: The Interrogation of Mark Billingham: The bestselling author is put through his paces by Graham Bartlett, an experienced police interrogator; Ian Rankin discusses The Human Cost of Crime with Don Winslow. Also, there is a quiz panel Whose Crime is it Anyway? pitting crime and thriller authors against each other with Paul Clayton hosting; The Forensic Mind: Denise Mina and Ann Cleeves discuss what makes a great detective, moderated by Chris Ewan; Plus Are We Living in An Espionage Thriller: Tom Bradby, Charles Cumming, Frank Gardner and Stella Rimington offer their unique insights into events that concern us all. For the full schedule, please click here.
8. Capital Crime Festival is an event that seeks to give back to the community. It accomplishes this with the Capital Crime Social Outreach Initiative. At there moment there are more cuts than ever to the creative programmes in schools and universities in the UK. Capital Crime wants to support communities on their doorstep in order to make sure that children and young people don't miss out on the opportunity to meet leading industry professionals and authors. This social Outreach Initiative will inspire and educate aspiring talent and includes a number of events with bestselling authors and publishing professionals for state-funded sixth-for students as well as special ticket rates to the festival in September for librarians and low-income families.
9. Aside from the events taking place in London, there is also the Capital Crime Digital Festival in conjunction with the live event. This will offer an opportunity to reach more crime and thriller writers and readers all year round. The Digital Festival will showcase interviews, profiles and features with over 70 authors across a number of different platforms after the Festival in September. These features will be updated throughout the year with new and engaging content. Find out more about the Capital Crie Digital Festival here.
10. Tickets are on sale now! You can get your tickets for Capital Crime Festival using this link.